May the Faith Be with You: 180 devotions that are out of this world

May the Faith Be with You: 180 devotions that are out of this world

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ISBN-13: 9780310753452
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 839,574
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

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May the Faith Be with You


By Zonderkidz

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2015 Zonderkidz
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-310-75345-2


CHAPTER 1

DEVOTION 1

Aren't five sparrows sold for two pennies? But God does not forget even one of them. In fact, he even counts every hair on your head! So don't be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. LUKE 12:6–7


MASTER MOMENT

God cares for us more than we can imagine!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jesus taught the people about God's love. He said God would love them forever. God cares so much about us! He even knows how many hairs are on our heads. He loves us that much! We should not have any worries.


USE THE FORCE

God, you love us a lot. Help me to remember that when I don't feel so loved. Thank you, God, for loving me so much!


DEVOTION 2

Jesus saw the crowds. So he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him. MATTHEW 5:1


MASTER MOMENT

God wants everyone to hear and understand his message.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jesus was a great teacher. He taught men and women, boys and girls. People of all ages came to hear him. He used stories and ideas that people could understand easily. Jesus loved his heavenly Father and knew exactly what to say.


USE THE FORCE

Jesus, I know I must choose to listen to you. Listening is a choice I make. I have to listen closely if I am going to understand. I will listen to your teaching. Help me to hear you.


DEVOTION 3

The Lord had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's family. Go to the land I will show you." GENESIS 12:1


MASTER MOMENT

There are many special people who love and trust God no matter what. We can learn from them.


WAYS OF WISDOM

God had a special friend named Abraham. Abraham was married to Sarah. They loved God and each other. They prayed to God often and God knew them well. God had an idea for how to say thank you to Abraham for his great love and trust.


USE THE FORCE

God, let my love and trust for you be as big as Abraham and Sarah's.


DEVOTION 4

I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. I will make your name great. You will be a blessing to others. GENESIS 12:2


MASTER MOMENT

God was happy that Abraham believed his promises.


WAYS OF WISDOM

God blessed Abraham because of his faith. God was so proud of him! God promised Abraham a big family and lots of land. God rewarded Abraham because he believed in God and he believed God's promises.


USE THE FORCE

God, your many promises to us are real and true! Family and friends can't always keep their promises, even when they really want to. I am thankful that you are different.


DEVOTION 5

So Abram went, just as the Lord had told him. GENESIS 12:4


MASTER MOMENT

God chose Abram for a special job.


WAYS OF WISDOM

God talked to Abram. He told him to pack up and go to a new land. Abram did it! He took his wife and nephew with him. He did not ask questions, he just trusted God. God blessed Abram and changed his name to Abraham.


USE THE FORCE

Dear Lord, sometimes it is easy to understand what you ask of me. Sometimes it isn't so easy. Either way, I know I can trust your plan for me, God, because you love me!


DEVOTION 6

Is anything too hard for me? I will return to you at the appointed time next year. Sarah will have a son. GENESIS 18:14


MASTER MOMENT

God can do anything. Even if it seems impossible, God can do it!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Abraham and Sarah were very old. But God said they would have a son! Sarah was so surprised that she laughed. She was nervous but happy. Could God really give them a son? Yes! God did it. It was a miracle!


USE THE FORCE

Thank you, God, for your miracles! Thank you for the joy of new life!


DEVOTION 7

By that time Abraham was very old. The Lord had blessed Abraham in every way. GENESIS 24:1


MASTER MOMENT

God's plan to have Abraham's family grow big and strong did not stop. God's plans for us never end either.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Abraham always followed God's plan. He raised his son Isaac to love God too. Isaac was a part of God's plan too ... the plan to have Abraham be the father of God's people. So when Isaac was grown up, Abraham knew that whatever God told him to do with Isaac he needed to do.


USE THE FORCE

God, I will not be old for a very long time. But I praise you that your plan for me is for my whole life. Thank you that you can see ahead for me and keep me on the right path.


DEVOTION 8

And he married Rebekah. She became his wife, and he loved her. GENESIS 24:67


MASTER MOMENT

God leads people when they pray!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Abraham's sons grew up. It was time for Isaac to get married. Abraham sent a servant to look in his hometown for a nice girl who believed in God. The servant prayed for God to lead him. Sure enough, the servant met Rebekah. She was just the right one!


USE THE FORCE

I won't be getting married for a long time. When the time comes, I can trust you, God, to help me meet the right person for me. While I am growing up, you will lead me in all ways. Thank you, God, for leading me when I pray.


DEVOTION 9

A dinner was given at Bethany to honor Jesus. Martha served the food. JOHN 12:2


MASTER MOMENT

God wants our love. Always be welcoming to him.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jesus went to see his friends Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Jesus knew he was always welcome in their home. They loved Jesus, and he loved them. Jesus was happy. It felt good for him to know that he was welcome to visit and stay.


USE THE FORCE

You are always welcome in my heart, God! Help me to also be welcoming to others.


DEVOTION 10

But Isaac said, "Your brother came and tricked me. He took your blessing." GENESIS 27:35


MASTER MOMENT

Choosing to be honest is very important.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Sometimes we want something so much that we will do anything to get it. Even tell a lie. But if we tell a lie, we will suffer for it. Jacob told a lie and was afraid to see his brother, Esau, for years. God wants us to tell the truth to each other and to him.


USE THE FORCE

God, sometimes it seems easier to make something up. I am afraid others will not forgive me. I think I will not get in trouble if I just tell a lie. But lies always bring more trouble. Thank you, God, for helping me to be honest.


DEVOTION 11

Stay with him until your brother's anger calms down. When he forgets what you did to him, I'll let you know. Then you can come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day? GENESIS 27:44–45


MASTER MOMENT

Our choices can affect others and our future.


WAYS OF WISDOM

When we make bad choices, God still loves us. He will forgive us if we say we are sorry. But sometimes other people are not as quick to forgive us. They might be really mad! We should tell them if we are sorry.


USE THE FORCE

Thank you, God, for forgiving me when I ask. Thank you for helping me to say I am sorry to others.


DEVOTION 12

They will be like the dust of the earth that can't be counted. GENESIS 28:14


MASTER MOMENT

God takes every promise he makes seriously.


WAYS OF WISDOM

God promised Jacob some wonderful things. God said he would give Jacob so many children and such a big family that Jacob would not be able to count them all! God said he would give Jacob the land he was on. God kept his promises.


USE THE FORCE

God, in many times and places you have made promises to your people. You promised to be with all of Jacob's children, so I know you will be with me. Thank you, God, for keeping your promises!


DEVOTION 13

I am with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. And I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. GENESIS 28:15


MASTER MOMENT

God talks to us in many ways!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jacob had a dream. He saw a stairway with angels going up and down on it! Then God talked to him in the dream! God told Jacob that he would be with Jacob and watch over him wherever he went. God would bless Jacob and help him. What an honor!


USE THE FORCE

Thank you for talking to us, God. We can listen. We can talk to you.


DEVOTION 14

Jacob woke up from his sleep. Then he thought, "The Lord is surely in this place. And I didn't even know it." GENESIS 28:16


MASTER MOMENT

God is there even when we don't know it.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jacob had a dream. When he woke up, he was so happy. God had talked to him in his dream, and he had seen angels! Jacob thanked God. He said, "God is in this place, and I didn't know it!" We should remember that God is with us even when we don't see him.


USE THE FORCE

Sometimes I forget that you are with me, God. How could I forget? Your love surrounds me all day and all night long! How can I not notice? Thank you, God, for being with me!


DEVOTION 15

Jesus' disciples asked him, "... Was this man born blind because he sinned? Or did his parents sin?"

"It isn't because this man sinned," said Jesus. "... He was born blind so that God's power could be shown by what's going to happen." JOHN 9:2–3


MASTER MOMENT

Jesus is very compassionate. That means he cares a lot about people!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Again and again, Jesus showed how much he loved people. He wanted to teach people about his father's love. Every chance he had, Jesus helped, taught, supported, and blessed people in the name of his heavenly Father. He cared about people's pain.


USE THE FORCE

You bless me, Father! Help me to see that what others consider a problem may just be there so that you can show your glory.


DEVOTION 16

Some men came carrying a man who could not walk. He was lying on a mat. They tried to take him into the house to place him in front of Jesus. LUKE 5:18


MASTER MOMENT

It is good to have faith-filled friends who help us.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jesus was teaching inside a house. It was too crowded to fit anyone else. A man who lived nearby could not walk. His friends believed Jesus could heal him. They made a hole in the roof. They lowered the man from the roof into the house. They really wanted to get their friend to Jesus!


USE THE FORCE

I am thankful for my good friends, God! Mine have helped me in so many different ways. I pray that I many continue to be a good friend too.


DEVOTION 17

When Jesus saw that they had faith, he spoke to the man. He said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." LUKE 5:20


MASTER MOMENT

Jesus will hear and answer the prayers of our friends too.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Four men loved their friend, and they believed God could heal him. They carried their friend to see Jesus. When they couldn't get in the door, they went in through the roof. Jesus liked their faith. He wanted to help the man walk. Jesus forgave his sins. The man stood up all by himself! It was a miracle!


USE THE FORCE

Dear Lord, help my friends who need you. God, hear the prayers of my friends!


DEVOTION 18

After that, she couldn't hide him any longer. So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated the basket with tar. She placed the child in the basket. She put it in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River. EXODUS 2:3


MASTER MOMENT

Our lives are in God's hands.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Sometimes God is doing things that we can't see. When Moses was born, the slaves in Egypt had no idea that he was the one God had sent to help them. Moses' mother had to send him away. But God watched over him.


USE THE FORCE

God, you know exactly what we need to do. I pray that I may know your plans for me.


DEVOTION 19

When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, "I pulled him out of the water." EXODUS 2:10


MASTER MOMENT

Moses had no idea what big plans God had for him!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Moses' parents were slaves. But God worked it out so that Moses was raised by Pharaoh's daughter. He grew up in the palace! Moses saw how badly God's people were treated. He did not know that one day God would use him to rescue the people.


USE THE FORCE

Thank you, God, that someday you will use me and my gifts and talents to help others.


DEVOTION 20

The angel greeted her and said, "The Lord has blessed you in a special way. He is with you." LUKE 1:28


MASTER MOMENT

God sent his Son Jesus to earth to be with us and to save us from our sins.


WAYS OF WISDOM

Mary loved and trusted God. One day, an angel named Gabriel visited her. She was scared! But the angel told her not to be afraid. He said, "God has given you special favor. You will give birth to God's Son."


USE THE FORCE

I praise you for your love, Lord. I will open my heart to you like Mary opened hers!


DEVOTION 21

Mary said, "My soul gives glory to the Lord. My spirit delights in God my savior. He has taken note of me even though I am not considered important." LUKE 1:46


MASTER MOMENT

Remember that God can do anything!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Mary told the angel, "I'm not married yet. How can I have a baby?" Gabriel said, "With God, all things are possible." Mary believed it! She agreed to do what God was asking of her. She would become the mother of Jesus.


USE THE FORCE

Whatever you ask me to do, help me to say yes. Help me to be brave like Mary.


DEVOTION 22

She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. That's because there was no guest room where they could stay. LUKE 2:7


MASTER MOMENT

The Savior of the world was born in the least expected place!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jesus is the Son of God. He is God in human flesh! He is greater than the greatest king. Yet he was born in the lowest of places. Imagine a manger surrounded by hay and smelly animals. That's where Jesus was born. Jesus is a Savior for everyone!


USE THE FORCE

A place does not have to be fancy for wonderful things to happen there! God, happy birthday to your Son!


DEVOTION 23

An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds] ... They were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all the people." LUKE 2:9–10


MASTER MOMENT

When Jesus was born, the angels in heaven were just as happy as people on earth!


WAYS OF WISDOM

God's angels like to praise God! That is what God's angels did on the night Jesus was born. God had sent his Son to earth to teach about God's love. It was joyful news.


USE THE FORCE

Sometimes I am sad. Help me, God, to remember the angels on Christmas night singing praises to you! I can praise you every day of the year. I will be filled with joy too!


DEVOTION 24

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people." LUKE 2:10


MASTER MOMENT

Jesus' birth was the most important news in the world!


WAYS OF WISDOM

Jesus was born to his parents just like you were. But his birth was the best news anyone could hear! Jesus would grow up and teach the whole world about God's love. Jesus came to save us from our sins.


USE THE FORCE

Thank you for the best gift ever, God! Help me to find ways to share this best news with other kids.


DEVOTION 25

Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. LUKE 2:13


MASTER MOMENT

Listen, God has a message for us too! Jesus was born for all of us!


(Continues...)

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May the Faith Be with You: 180 devotions that are out of this world 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TheProverbs31Mama More than 1 year ago
This book contains 180 one-page devotionals for kids! Each devotion has 4 small parts: Bible verse, Master Moment, Ways of Wisdom, and Use the Force. Each page starts with a small Scripture reading. The Master Moment is a simple sentence that gives the reader a basic idea of what the devotion is about. Ways of Wisdom is a short paragraph that tells the Scripture story. And lastly, Use the Force is a a short prayer to end the devotional. This devotional is a great choice for any sci-fy loving kid! I received this book, free of charge from Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.
christianreader64 More than 1 year ago
MAY THE FAITH BE WITH YOU – 180 DEVOTIONS THAT ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD was sent to me by Zonderkidz (A division of Zondervan Publishing), free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. The galactical cover was created by Cindy Davis. It is gorgeous to the eye, and I believe it will draw in little boys to want to read it. As the title says, this book contains 180 devotions. Each devotion has a memory verse to read and ponder. They also each contain a MASTER MOMENT that synopsizes the devotion that follows in WAYS OF WISDOM. USE THE FORCE is a short prayer that correlates to the Scripture and devotion. I would recommend this for older elementary (maybe 7 or 8) to early middle school. I will definitely be giving this to my grandson. I know he’ll love it!
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“God, you teach us what to do. You help us every step of the way,” states the Use the Force section of Devotion 82 in Zondervan’s children’s book, May the Faith Be with You: 180 Devotions That Are Out of This World. ~ What ~ At one-hundred-and-ninety-two pages, this small hardbound that is part of the May The Faith Be with You series is targeted toward children ages six to ten years old. With no scary scenes, it contains one-hundred-and-eighty short devotions. All fonts and type set mimic the Star Wars movie, and there are no drawings or illustrations. The New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible is referenced. Using verses from the Old and New Testaments, each one-page devotion begins with one or two written-out Bible verses, followed by a short “Master Moment” that summarizes the verse or verses in current-day application. The “Ways of Wisdom” section is the longest with a paragraph about the Bible story or selection. At the bottom of the page is “Use the Force” which is a short prayer. ~Why ~ Most adults and children can relate to the Star Wars craze, and this book only is similar due to its font and layout style but does not contain anything about the secular movie. The content is short and to the point, which may be ideal for young ones to read as a daily devotion that covers nine months. One of my favorite reads is Devotion 139 about 1 Samuel 17:24. The Master Moment reminds us we do not have to be afraid like everyone else while the Ways of Wisdom reiterates that David was not afraid when he confronted Goliath like others were. The Use the Force is a prayer praising God that we can be brave with Him on our side. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not like a book that is about Him. Others may find the theme being gimmicky as it is lightly based on a secular movie, but it is only the front jacket cover and font that copies the movie. Beginner readers may struggle with the two- and three syllable words. ~ Wish ~ The book may catch the eye of any young person who is a fan of Star Wars, but I wish it did not have to rely on the non-Christian entertainment venue. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. ~ Want ~ If you can ignore the copycating cover to this book and are looking for a short devotional to give to a young person that should be read in addition to Scripture, this may be a viable option. Thanks to Z Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
savannahm More than 1 year ago
This one got 4 stars from me, because it is good for maybe ages 6-8. The devotions are a bit to short for my 10 year old. He is at the stage where he is still into some kid stuff, but he wants to start getting into older stuff. Which yes makes it very tough to shop for him! The reason I still gave it 4 stars though is my 7 year old LOVES it! It is perfect for his age group. I like if amazon lowered the age from 6-10 to 6-8 I could have gave it 5stars. But as it is I think anyone buying this for a 10 year old might be a little disappointed. I was given this book to form and write my own review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
If you've got a kiddo that's crazy about Star Wars or outer space in general this is the perfect devotional for them! One of the habits that we encourage in our home is daily devotions. Each year I try to find new ones that will pique the interest of the intended recipient. May The Faith Be With You has my grandson's name written all over it. I find the whole retro look of the book very appealing. It definitely reflects the time period of the first Star Wars movie. If you were around back then think about what hardback books were like. Remember the glossy cover and the newsprint type of pages? That's just what this book is like. It may be lost on the current generation but I found it fun. Each day's reading has four different sections. The first is the daily Scripture reference. It is short and sweet but you are encouraged at the beginning of the book to also read the verses around it. (I always say to read the whole chapter to get context!) The second section is entitled Master Moment. This is the devotion itself. The words encapsulate what the main point of the Scripture message was. The third section is called Ways Of Wisdom. This portion gives a little bit more information about the given Scripture. The final section is called Use The Force. It is like a jumping off point for your closing prayer. I like how it gets the reader started but also allows them to continue on with their prayer time. The Scripture contained is from the NIrV which is written on a 3rd grade reading level. Perfect for the 8-12 year old! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
farmerette25 More than 1 year ago
May The Faith Be With You is a devotional book with a cute name. It has a sturdy hard back cover and was obviously a play on words (movies) with the new Star Wars movie coming out in Dec. What perfect timing! The 180 devotions within this book are short and to the point, making this a great beginning devotional. I think it would best suit children between the ages of 6-10. Each page has a bible verse, a master moment, ways of wisdom and use the force. Scripture: The scripture is self explanatory. Master Moments: Remind us of God’s love and provide the main idea with the devotion. These moments can also be used as a review at a later time. Ways of Wisdom: Tells about the story from the scripture that was read. Use the force: These words help you get started praying. Feel free to add to them or change them to make them fit you better. Remember, prayer is your time to talk to and listen to God. Sometimes you may even want to say, “God I am listening” and sit and quietly wait to hear from God. In the back of the book is a list of all the scriptures and what devotion they go with. The reader could easily use this as a quick reference guide or highlight their favorite scripture verses. Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned product for free, in exchange for a frank and honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed. All opinions are my own. Your results and opinions may differ.